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Study Overseas - Australia

 

Why Australia?

Australia has a seemingly limitless array of education and training opportunities. International students can choose from a vast range of courses including traditional academic areas of learning and research, as well as more practical courses with a vocational orientation.

There are many reasons why more than 340,000 students from around the world choose to study in Australia every year.

Diversity: There is a wide range of courses and disciplines offered by Australian institutions.

International recognition: Australian courses are very high quality and recognised around the world. Major employers around the world recognise Australian qualifications and employ graduates with Australian qualifications.

Competitive costs and fees: The cost of living and tuition fees compare well with other countries. A recent Government study found that total costs (tuition fees and living costs) in the US and UK are more expensive compared to Australia.

Safety: This is your personal and financial safety. Australia has strict laws that ensure all courses offered to international students are of a high standard and that your tuition fees are protected. Australia has very low crime rates and is safe countries compared to almost all other countries in the world.

Multiculturalism: Australia has dynamic and harmonious multicultural societies. You will feel most welcome in Australia as people are very friendly and warm. With more than 340,000 international students in Australia each year, many institutions have strong international student associations.

Support services: Australia has a long history of teaching international students and Australian institutions are sensitive to your cultural and religious needs as an international student. You will find Australian schools, colleges and universities provide support services to help you adjust to your new environment, living in Australia and successfully completing your studies.

Work while you study: Students on a student visa can work while studying in Australia. During semester, you can work up to 20 hours per week and during vacation you can work full time. Many colleges and universities offer a student employment service to help you find work.

Some information you may not know…

When people from other countries think of Australia they tend to think of koalas, kangaroos, wide open spaces, and clean air and water – Paradise! All this is true, however, Australia is also a technologically advanced country.

Australia is at the forefront of producing new high-tech equipment and responsible for many advances in the telecommunications, information technology, manufacturing, mining and agricultural industries. Australian scientists and researchers have also made significant contributions to medical science. Without Australia’s research and development of the uses of penicillin, cures for a number of previously incurable diseases would not have developed so rapidly. Did you know that everyday items such as the photocopier, air conditioning in the car and the black box which is found in every commercial aero plane are all Australian developments?

Australia is among the top ten largest spenders in research and development and is internationally recognised in a number of fields for outstanding achievements. Australia produces approximately 2 percent of the world’s scientific research papers, placing it on a per capita basis ranking with the United States and the United Kingdom.

The high standards and creativity achieved is evidenced by the high proportion of Australians receiving Nobel prizes. For a population of only 19 million you may be surprised to learn seven Australians have received Nobel Prizes in the fields of science and medicine alone.

Unlike many other countries, Australian higher education institutions are regulated at the Federal level ensuring that students receive a high standard of education. The performances of institutions are examined annually ensuring all universities are maintaining the high standards required by the Australian Government. The benefit of having a small number of institutions ensures that standards are closely and regularly monitored and maintained.

A number of surveys conducted by influential international magazines examining universities in the Asia/Pacific region have identified something Australians have known and been proud of for a long time – Australian institutions provide a very high standard of education.

A recent survey conducted by an influential international magazine, Asia week, ranking universities in the Asia Pacific region rated two Australian universities in the top ten. Australia with eight institutions in the top fifty had more than any of the other 15 countries surveyed including Japan and Korea. You may not be aware that Australia is also a leader in MBAs and other business courses. Three Australian universities appear in the top ten in Asia Inc’s list of the best business schools in the region with Australia taking first and second place. A total of nine Australian MBA programs were listed in the top 25.

A small population demands Australian companies be more export-oriented than most nations in order to take advantage of economies of scale. Australia, as a relatively ‘young’ country, has to be more ingenuous to compete with larger and longer established countries.

As you can see Australia, although a relatively young country when compared to many others, has much to offer in regards to education and training to broaden your horizons.

Click to see list of colleges in Australia.